Bossypants (Review)

Book cover for "Bossypants" by Tina Fey.Title: Bossypants

Author/Narrator: Tina Fey

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 288 (audio length: 5 hours 35 minutes)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Humour, Memoirs

Source: Audiobook version purchased from

From the cover:

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

Nominated in categories: “Biography/Memoir” and “Audiobook of the Year”

Like probably a lot of other people, I had never heard of Tina Fey until her now-infamous video as Sarah Palin in a bikini. But once I’d heard about her the first time, I remember finding out that she had done all kinds of other awesome stuff, and then … well, I promptly got too busy to follow it up.

Yes. I admit it.

Then a few months ago, Bossypants came out, and it was all over the blogosphere. People loved it. And I remember thinking that perhaps I should give it a go … and then I got too busy to follow it up.

Yes, again.

So now, this month, I downloaded the book to review for the Armchair Audies. And instead of forgetting about it, I actually listened to it. And I was enthralled. It was fantastic, I tell you. So fantastic, in fact, that I then promptly got around to finally watching an episode of 30 Rock to see what all the fuss is about. And I enjoyed it. Not as much as I enjoyed the book, mind you, but it was a single episode. Perhaps the show as a whole will have more of an effect on me later.

And now … back to Bossypants. In this book, Fey does an awesome job of talking about how she became the person she is today – in charge of an awful lot of people who work together to make 30 Rock, not to mention her other “boss”-type jobs in the recent past – and doing it with flair. As someone who had never heard her comedy before, except the specific instance of Palin impersonation, I had a great time. I’m fairly sure I got caught laughing out loud more than once as I listened to the audiobook while driving.

There are lots of interesting parts, but I don’t want to give anything away. So I’m just going to mention that, in addition to all of the other hilarity, Fey mentions one of my favourite things in life: Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. You know, the ones they give you free every time you eat there? Well, she came out with this awesome statement, somewhere smack in the middle of the book when I was least expecting it:

There is no one of woman born who does not like cheddar biscuits. Anyone who claims otherwise is a liar and a socialist.

And let me tell you, she’s right. On this, and on so many other topics that come up in her book.

If you’re interested in comedy, or in hilariously-told life/career stories, or in Tina Fey herself … this is definitely the book for you. Or, well, even if you just want to listen to a great narrator telling funny anecdotes. Or anything. I pretty much can’t think of anyone who couldn’t enjoy Bossypants.

Give it a go. Seriously.


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